John Austin and Jim Townsend

What worries most about Michigan politics is that we have two parties who by and large are trying to make the 20th Century work again. A factory-based economy supported by farming and tourism. As we have documented in our reports,…

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Louisiana as an education model?

Ever since hurricane Katrina the press, policy makers and other opinion leaders have pointed to Louisiana as a place to look for reforming public education. Primarily because in New Orleans they did away with teachers unions and largely went to…

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Skills employers want

Interesting article from Bloomberg Businessweek on the skills employers hire for. The magazine polled more than 1,300 corporate recruiters of business school graduates on what were the skills that they most looked for in hiring. The bottom line: "The most…

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Net worth measured in millions

I'm reading Jonathan Clements' Money Guide 2015. Not for work. But his first two paragraphs of the first chapter are very much about Michigan Future's work.¬†Clemens writes: Imagine you are a freshly minted, penniless college graduate with alarming student loans…

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